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Modular Libraries, Drives, and Power Systems

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114685D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 78K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dang, CH: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A mechanism is needed to physically attach multiple self-contained electrical devices. This eliminates the packaging cost and time needed to develop a cabinet. Also, a mechanism is needed to supply power in a modular fashion to devices. For systems having many devices, power can be supplied more economically from a large power supply. For low-end systems, customers add devices incrementally so the power supply needs to be part of the device on a one per device basis. Thus, a power pack is needed which can be plugged into the back of a device for low-end applications and removed for high-end applications.

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Modular Libraries, Drives, and Power Systems

      A mechanism is needed to physically attach multiple
self-contained electrical devices.  This eliminates the packaging
cost and time needed to develop a cabinet.  Also, a mechanism is
needed to supply power in a modular fashion to devices.  For systems
having many devices, power can be supplied more economically from a
large power supply.  For low-end systems, customers add devices
incrementally so the power supply needs to be part of the device on a
one per device basis.  Thus, a power pack is needed which can be
plugged into the back of a device for low-end applications and
removed for high-end applications.

      Fig. 1 shows an example of various modules that can be attached
to one another.  A and B are libraries, D and C are devices such as
an optical drive or tape drive, while E and F are power packs for the
library and device.  The devices can be attached to each other at the
side, above, below, or behind.

      Fig. 2 shows the mechanism to allow devices or libraries to be
attached to one another.  There is a side attachment means, a corner
attachment means, and a center attachment means which are strips of
various lengths.  These strips slide into the grooves of modules.
Once
they are slid in place, the modules are secured to each other.  Also
shown are feet on the bottom the modules.  The feet can be a glue on
type, a screw on type, or be part of the module frame.  A Module can
be
serviced by sliding a new module in, as the o...